A former rookie San Francisco police officer who was on his fourth day at work was shot dead in 2017 when he was shot dead on suspicion of an unarmed car hijacking.
Christopher Samayoa has been charged with voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, assault on an executor, assault on a semi-automatic firearm and careless delivery of the gun for the murder of 42-year-old Keita O’Neil, Chesa Boudin, the city’s district attorney, announced Monday.
“For too long, we have seen the failure of our legal system to hold the police accountable for acts of violence against members of the public who are entrusted with their safety,” the prosecutor said in a statement. – In my administration, the police are not above the law.
Boudin called the indictment decision “historic”.
Christopher Samayoa, a former San Francisco cop, was charged with murder, assault and careless firearm delivery for the December 2017 shooting of Keita O’Neil (pictured) on suspicion of car robbery.
In this photo, courtesy of KTVU-TV, San Francisco police are investigating the shooting affected by officers on December 1, 2017.
In body camera footage released a week later, Samayoa was sitting in the passenger seat drawing his service weapon while chasing O’Neil.
“To our knowledge, this is the first time the San Francisco District Attorney has charged a law enforcement officer with murder,” Boudin said at a news conference.
Samayoa’s dismissal in March 2018 sparked outrage on the part of police officers, who had previously said he was terminated because he did what he was trained to do.
“It was an unnecessary act like anyone wearing our boss’s uniform,” union president Marty Halloran wrote in a statement at the time.
The organization said on Monday it would support Samayoa in the legal process.
“We are committed to ensuring that Christopher and his family receive support during this difficult time and that they receive their proper procedural rights and provide strong protection against these allegations,” said Tony Montoya, president of the San Francisco Police Association. statement.
His shot came three months after he fatally shot O’Neil on December 1, 2017.
The newly hired officer fired through the glass window and hit O’Neil once
A 42-year-old car robbery suspect was fatally injured and fell to the ground (pictured)
The cop, who fired a single shot, sat next to a training officer on his fourth day of service
O’Neil, who died at the hospital, was suspected of abusing a female employee of the California Lottery and stealing the agency’s van.
Police chased the van and another SUV he saw into a public residential area around 10:30. O’Neil left the stolen vehicle and headed for the patrol car occupied by Samayoa, who was in the passenger seat, and his coach, Edric Talusan, police said.
Footage footage, released a week after officers were involved in the shooting, pulls Samayoa’s pistol while the cruiser is still moving. The video then shows him opening the side door and firing a single shot out the window while O’Neil runs in the opposite direction. O’Neil was not armed.
O’Neil was suspected of abusing a California Lottery employee and stealing this agency van
CCTV footage recorded police cars chasing the van with O’Neill inside (shown above)
In this picture, courtesy of KTVU-TV, there is a San Francisco police patrol car with its front passenger window shattered and blood splashing on the side door.
O’Neil ‘s relatives were informed of the officer’ s indictment on Monday, and O’Neil ‘s aunt, April Green, expressed gratitude, Boudin said in a statement.
O’Neil’s family thanks district attorney for indicting Samayoa
“I am pleased to hear this news and I hope it brings some truth to our family,” he said in a statement.
Shamann Walton, the San Francisco superintendent whose district includes the area where O’Neil was shot, praised the district attorney for prosecuting the former officer.
“Bayview residents deserve to be held accountable for law enforcement officers who cause violence and harm to our community,” Walton said in a statement. “This prosecution is an important, historic step to show that black life matters and that illegal police violence will not be tolerated.”
Samoya is expected to surrender to police at the end of the week under an arrest warrant. A judge set his bail at $ 1,000.